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Horseshoe Crabs and Migrating Shore Birds
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
Mon, Jun 4, 2012, 7:45am - 4:30pm
Tickets: 90 members, $100 non-members
In the spring, millions of migratory birds stop to rest and refuel along the shores of the Delaware Bay just as the world's largest population of horseshoe crabs begins spawning on the beaches. Horseshoe crab eggs provide the critical nutrition that shorebirds need to continue the journey to their arctic breeding grounds in the tundra. Join us on a fascinating adventure visiting several beaches on the Delaware side of the Delaware Bay, including the St. Jones Reserve, a 3,750 acre area dominated by salt marshes and the beaches and tidal creeks of Port Mahon and the Ted Harvey Conservation Area. Horseshoe crabs that live in the Delaware Bay come onto the beaches each spring near the full moon to lay their eggs. This shorebird feeding frenzy is a remarkable spectacle you will enjoy seeing. This trip is suitable for the novice or experienced birder. The trip includes bus transportation from the Arboretum. Meet at the Morris Arboretum. Park in the meadow across from the entrance Kiosk. We will travel by bus. Bring binoculars, lunch, and something to drink.
Meet at 100 East Northwestern Avenue Philadelphia, PA In the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia
For more information
Continuing Education Department 215-247-5777, ext. 125 email@example.com